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Arkansas State Library
The corener building on West Capitol Avenue (9486150592).jpg
900 West Capitol Avenue in Little Rock
Type Special library
Scope State and local government publications, Federal depository library, Patent and Trademark depository
Established 1935 (1935), as the Arkansas Library Commission; 1979, as the Arkansas State Library
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Size 2,600,000
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Director Jennifer Chilcoat

Arkansas State Library is a special library that operates as a state agency under the Arkansas Department of Education within Arkansas state government. It provides information resources for state agencies, legislators and legislative staffs. In addition, the Arkansas State Library provides guidance and support for the development of local public libraries and library services. Finally, the ASL provides resources, services, and leadership for the educational, informational and cultural needs of Arkansas citizens.


The Arkansas General Assembly created the Arkansas Library Commission in 1935. Funding began in 1937. The commission operated from headquarters in Little Rock. It loaned collections of books via postal mail, advised on acquisitions, and gave grants to new or expanding libraries. In 1979, the legislature replaced the commission with the newly established Arkansas State Library.

General public

The Arkansas State Library offers various programs and services for the general public, including Arkansas Center for the Book,, Document Collection, Information about the Arkansas General Assembly (Legislators & Committees/Meetings & Events/Acts & Bill Status), Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; Information Services such as reference assistance and Ask a Librarian, Library Card registration, Online Catalog, assistance with Patents and Trademarks, Resource Assistance In Seeking Employment (R.A.I.S.E), social media (Facebook, Twitter); Newsletter, Public Library Directory, Summer Reading Program, and the Traveler Online Database Program.

Librarians and trustees

The ASL provides librarians and library trustees with numerous services, such as the Arkansas Center for the Book, Bibilostat Collect and Bibliostat Connect Log-in, Federal & State Documents, E-rate Assistance for Public Libraries, Grant Information, ILL, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

State government employees and legislators

State government employees and legislators have access to the State Library's online databases, reference assistance, federal and state documents; and may benefit from using Inter-library Loan, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and overall information services.

Teachers and students

Many services are offered for teachers and students, including America's Story from America's Library (Library of Congress for Kids), Arkansas Center for the Book, Arkansas Department of Education, Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids (K-2;3-5;9-12; Parents & Teachers), Book Awards & Reading Lists, and Letters about Literature.

Library for the blind and physically handicapped

The Arkansas Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is part of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network and the Arkansas State Library. Arkansas citizens unable to use regular print material may borrow popular books and magazines in recorded or Braille format free of charge.

Information Services (formerly known as State Library Services) at the Arkansas State Library was established in 1979 to help provide reference services, access to printed and/or electronic materials and to online information including social media along with work-related Interlibrary Loan services to state agencies and the state legislature. The State Library provides free library cards for use by the citizens of Arkansas.

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